B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-39981 / Rugged But Right

B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-39981 / Rugged But Right


  • RCL: 9Z-P

MACR: 4450 / KSU/ME/KU: 1664


History of
B-17 42-39981 / Rugged But Right

Delivered Long Beach 24/10/43; Walla Walla 11/11/43; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z-P] Deopham Green 19/11/43; Missing in Action Berlin 29/4/44 with George Haakenson (WIA), Co-pilot: Don Heckman, Navigator: Bill Murphy, Bombardier: Malvin Samuel, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Paul Madori, Radio Operator: John Baas, Ball turret gunner: Bill Mason (WIA), Waist gunner: Harry Donohue (WIA), Waist gunner: George Warmby,Tail gunner: Ward Wickwar (WIA) (10 Prisoner of War); enemy aircraft, crashed near Burg Afd, near Pietzpul, 15 miles N of Magdeburg, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 4450. RUGGED BUT RIGHT.

Last updated: 18. June 2022


B-17 42-39981 / Rugged But Right Details

Following statement obtained by S-2 Section, 452nd Bomb Group at interrogation after mission:

Aircraft B-17G 42-39981 was damaged by Flak over the target and was last observed after the Group had left the target area, straggling behind the formation under control along with Aircraft B-17G 42-39920 also missing, and flying low just above the undercast. Contact with other Groups for further information regarding. the disposition of these two Aircraft has been, unsuccessful. No further information concerning loss of aircraft 39981 has been reported.

Source: MACR 4450


B-17 42-39981 / Rugged But Right Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 2LT George A. Haakenson POW
CP 2LT Donald R. Hackman POW
BOMB 2LT Malvin W. Samuel POW
ENG/TT SGT Paul P. Madori POW
RO SGT John R. Baas POW
BT SGT William F. Mason POW
WG SGT Harold J. Donohue POW
WG SGT George H. Hamby POW
TG SGT Ward W. Wickwar POW

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